The obstacles began in the design phase. Funds for the project came primarily through donations, and the original budget exceeded Arena Stage’s estimates. After contracting with Clark in December 2006, the team had to value engineer the original $120-million budget to $100 million without sacrificing aesthetics.
Revisions included eliminating project phasing, which saved $3 million; modifying the roof and eliminating planned rooftop apartments, at a combined savings of $8.5 million; reducing onsite parking; and changing the mechanical and electrical systems to save $2.5 million.
Both buildings’ north and east elevations feature a terracotta rain screen cladding system that is the largest such system installed to date in the Washington, D.C., area.
From the second floor up, Waterfront Station features over 11,000 11-in. terracotta panels in three separate colors and a ribbed panel profile of a fourth color. In addition, more than 1,500 11-in. glazed terracotta panels are installed below the second floor.
Tight logistics onsite required that workers set the curtain-wall system’s 1,650, 12.5-ft by 5-ft glass units from inside the building.
Waterfront Station was designed and constructed to achieve two LEED Gold certifications, one for each building.
It was mentioned a couple weeks ago at a development forum by Forest City Washington that the next phase of Waterfront Station, which includes the reskinning of the former EPA towers and adaptive reuse as residential units, will get underway within the next two years.
Finally, the winner of Project of the Year - Renovation/Restoration is Constitution Center, designed by SmithGroup. Constitution Center is the 1.4 million SF reincarnation of the former Department of Transportation headquarters and is seeking LEED-Gold certification. Earlier this year, 900,000 SF of the building was leased to the Securities and Exchange Commission.